Our MPP, Liberal Jim Brownell responds to questions about bed cuts locally here at the Cornwall Community Hospital.
It was very difficult to hear of the challenges at the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), although I knew that there would be challenges in the future. I even commented about such, during the recent announcement of the $5 million. It is my plan to work as hard as possible with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to bring about an understanding of the need to provide adequate base funding to support the necessary core programs at our outstanding regional hospital, the CCH. The Ministry has listened in the past, but we do realize, too, the economic situation we are in, here in the Province of Ontario.
It is my understanding that work is being done by the five hospitals in the Eastern Region of the Champlain LHIN, to tackle some of the challenges of delivery of service. Officials from the CCH, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Glengarry Memorial Hospital and Hawkesbury Hospital are into a review of service delivery. Hopefully, this will make for a more transparent delivery of service, once the review is completed.
In the Legislature, yesterday, the Premier did allude to the fact that there would be supports for healthcare and hospitals, in the next budget. We have a Throne Speech and Budget coming up, soon, and healthcare, education, and economic development will continue to be the focus of the McGuinty government.
Jim Brownell MPP Stormont – Dundas – South Glengarry
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